Psychoanalytic Couples Therapy

Psychoanalytic couples therapy is a challenging endeavor and a useful, rewarding area of clinical practice.  This program is geared for licensed professionals (or the equivalent) who desire advanced training in couple treatment.  The didactic content of the program covers assessment and consultation with couples, establishing and maintaining a couple perspective in treatment, understanding and utilizing the therapist’s counter-transference responses, and dealing with common challenges in couple work such as polarizing identifications, aggression in couples, differing degrees of motivation for treatment, and couples with trauma histories.  Analyst led, case consultations give participants the opportunity to present and discuss cases and think collaboratively with other student clinicians.  Although this one year program is primarily targeted for those psychotherapists seeing couples in treatment, child psychotherapists may find it helpful as well in addressing parenting issues and understanding the effect of the couple relationship on the child.